Former sugar workers to apply for land and housing

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By L.K. Hewlett

St. Kitts Reporter

Ex-SSMC workers who are interested in housing opportunities will get a chance to apply for lands and housing by showing up at various community centres over the next few days.

Minister of Housing the Hon. Cedric Liburd said the government is now addressing the housing needs of the former workers.

“The former SSMC workers have contributed significantly to the economic, social and cultural development of St. Kitts and Nevis.”

He said that it was upon their backs that this nation built and that the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis appreciates this fact and is doing everything in their power to ensure that the needs of the former SSMC workers are met.

Minister Liburd urged the former SSMC workers to present themselves and complete an application of interest at the following community centres from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm:

Old Road and Sandy Point on Friday June 22, St. Paul’s and Newton Ground on Saturday 23, Cayon and Tabernacle on Monday 25, and Lodge and Conaree on Tuesday 26.

The minister had announced that the government would be upgrading those NEMA starter homes which still remained one-bedroom. He said they would be adding the second half of the houses as soon as funding was available.

“We also plan to construct over 200 homes for former sugar workers with approximately US ten million dollars,” he had stated during a press briefing.

Liburd said that after the closure of the 350-year-old sugar industry in July 2005, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is working assiduously and still seeking avenues in which to assist the former SSMC workers. Some of those former sugar workers recently completed another phase of a sewing programme organised by the Ministry of Social Development and Gender Affairs and the Sugar Transition Management Office.

The project started in 2006 and is now in its second phase which involves the sale of completed packaged school uniforms to the Ministry of Social Development.

These uniforms went to a project called school uniforms for low-income families and the women in the programme have already filled the quota of uniforms required for the St. Paul’s Primary School.

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